Other Members of the Health Care Team
Mrs Lindsay Alger BSc (Hons) Nurse Practitioner, SRN, Asthma Dip, Diabetes Dip, CHD, Dip Extended and Supplementary Nurse Prescriber.
As a nurse practitioner, Lindsay is able to deal with most medical problems. She can order tests and investigations, prescribe treatment and, if necessary, refer on to specialists. She works closely alongside the doctors.
Sarah Rains RGN Dip HE. (Lead Nurse)
Sharon Carelse Dip HE
The practice has two practice nurses, Practice Nurse Sarah Rains is our Lead Nurse who has undertaken specialist training in such areas as asthma and diabetes management, family planning, sexual health, cervical cytology and cardiovascular disease prevention. Nurse Sharon is our newer nurse also currently training in cervical cytology. Appointments with the nurse are available every weekday for general health advice, dressings, stitch removal, injections, blood pressure checks, ear syringing, travel advice etc. The nurses also run various clinics which are detailed in our Special Services section. You can make an appointment to see the nurse by telephoning 020 8462 5771 or by calling at reception during surgery times
Health Care Assistants
Mrs Julie Pelican and Mrs Jennifer Pow are our health care assistants. They carry out new patients' checks, take blood pressure readings, assist the nurses in some clinics, take blood samples and run smoking cessation clinics.
Ours is an approved training practice and we usually have one GP Registrar (a fully qualified doctor with at least three years' hospital experience) working with us. Registrars are here completing their statutory year in general practice before starting out on their own. Their names and qualifications are usually displayed on the Jayex board when here.
Foundation Year 2 Doctors
Foundation Year 2 doctors are fully qualified doctors who have spent a year working in hospital. We currently have Dr Breyoni Selvadurai training with the Practice at this time.
Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas' Medical School
We are attached to the above medical school and from time to time have students from King’s in the practice. The students are fully supervised by our doctors.
Practice Manager Mrs Merion Wood
Our Practice Manager, is responsible for the overall administration and communication within the practice. Her team comprises of Finance Administrator, Admin assistants, Secretaries, dedicated prescribing clerks and computer operators, who all work on a part-time basis. They ensure that we run reliable recall systems for patients, handle records effectively and aim to facilitate the smooth running of the practice.
Finance Administrator Mrs Sue Morgan
Mrs Morgan ensures that all the practice's financial affairs are kept firmly on track.
We have 11 part-time receptionists who will take your name on arrival, answer your phone calls, make appointments and handle any enquiries. They are here to help you but their job is extremely demanding, so please help them by understanding the problems they face when trying to please everyone. They aim to be pleasant and courteous at all times.
They may occasionally need to ask for some medical details if they feel your enquiry can be dealt with by speaking to a doctor on the telephone, but they will always treat what you say with the utmost confidentiality.
The team of five health visitors attached to the surgery, headed by Sue Hemming-Clark, no longer have an office within Addington Road Health Centre, but you can leave a message on 020 8462 9696 (Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm) as usual, or, for advice from a health visitor (between the above times) you can ring the Duty Line on 020 8778 8511. Health visitors are qualified nurses who have undergone additional training in health education and promotion enabling them to offer advice and support to the under fives in the community. Baby clinics are also no longer held here at the centre.
Community (District) Nurses
Led by Debbie Williams, the district nurses provide a full range of nursing treatment and advice to the housebound and to patients recently discharged from hospital. They liaise with the doctors every day at the practice and with all the other health care agencies in the area.
The community midwives provide home care for mother and baby before and after discharge from hospital, up until the baby is 28 days old. They hold antenatal clinics at the surgery on Wednesday afternoons and after the birth. They will make a home visit within 24 hours of discharge from hospital. If the midwife has not visited you during this time, please telephone the Princess Royal University Hospital and ask for the community midwives.
Community Psychiatric Nurse
Gloria Phillips is a community nurse who specialises in mental health. She sees patients both at the surgery and in the community, after referral from a doctor.
There is one counsellors who can arrange appointments for patients at the surgery, after referral by one of the doctors.